The eponymous wine of Friuli, the region in Italy’s north-east corner famed for its white wines. Previously known as ‘Tocai Friulano’, and before that ‘Savignonassa’ due to its similarities with Sauvignon Blanc, Friulano (free-ooh-lah-no) often displays some of the tropical fruit vibrance of Sauvignon with a more elegant, rounded palate.
This gets gentle pressing after harvest, cool fermentation and then a few months on the yeasts for extra body and flavour. Stone fruits (apricot, nectarine) combine on the nose with white flowers and wild herbs, the palate full and ripe with a fine minerality, finishing with a gentle acidity and hints of toasted almond.
Friuli’s aperitif per excellence, the traditional food match here is eggs and asparagus but it works superbly with good prosciutto as well.
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